Since 1995, the Pont de Normandie bridge has elegantly spanned the Seine, connecting Calvados to the Seine-Maritime, Honfleur to Le Havre.
Built in just six years, the Normandy Bridge is a real technological feat which now forms an integral part of the landscape, a link between two departments as well as a crossing point for travellers from Northern Europe and France.
The Normandy Bridge, a remarkable viewpoint
It’s good to be a passenger when you cross the bridge… While the driver, with his hands on the wheel, can’t fully appreciate the show, the occupants will enjoy the view on both sides and even post their memories on Instagram with the hashtag #pontdenormandie. To fully appreciate the structure and the mouth of the Seine, it’s best to leave your car in the car parks on either side of the river. From there, you can set out to conquer the bridge on foot or by bike, and yes, it is quite a conquest, as your calves will remind you…
At its mid-point, stand and take a good look at the Seine estuary, the port of Le Havre and its installations, Honfleur, the Tancarville bridge… and as you stand there, watch the ships going up and down the river.
The Pont de Normandie is located in the heart of the estuary’s nature reserve. The Seine estuary is an exceptional site for nesting or migrating birds thanks to the richness and diversity of environments there: marshes, dunes, reed beds, woods…
Visit the Normandy Bridge and discover the estuary’s natural reserve
On the Honfleur bank, the “Pont de Normandie” room welcomes groups of 80 people by reservation. After a presentation about the bridge, a tour guide will take you on an outdoor visit from the banks of the Seine. On the other bank, near the tolls, is the Jardin des Ingénieurs (Engineers’ Garden), which traces the story of its construction with, in particular, a life-size bridge pillar. To sign up for these two visits, there’s just one address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the year, the Maison de l’Estuaire offers a varied programme of visits and activities to help you discover, fully booted up, the estuary’s different ecosystems and the fauna and flora they shelter. Located at the foot of the Pont de Normandie, the Maison de la Réserve – Salle l’Avocette welcomes the public free of charge on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, from 3 March to 31 October. The Maison de l’Estuaire, located in Le Havre, organises guided tours of the nature reserve for all types of groups on request.
Pont de Normandie